Jul 4, 2007 - 10:34 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has released his prayer intentions for the month of July.
Jul 4, 2007 - 10:21 am .- The civil rights website HazteOir.org announced it will file a lawsuit against the organizers of the Gay Pride 2007 parade for “offending religious sentiments,” as participants insulted and ridiculed Catholics and Catholic beliefs.
Jul 4, 2007 - 10:18 am .- In a new pastoral letter, Bishop Jose Sanchez of Siguenza-Guadalajara said that in beatifying martyrs, the Church “does not side with one particular group or another confronted during the civil war,” but rather she recognizes “the virtue, testimony, and exemplariness” of Christians who were “unjustly and violently put to death.”
Jul 4, 2007 - 10:15 am .- In response to Pope Benedict XVI’s letter to Chinese Catholics published last Saturday, the bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen Zi-kiun, expressed his hope that it would serve as point of departure for dialogue between Church and government officials. He said that Beijing should allow the Church in China to be truly Catholic and thereby be recognized and respected by the rest of the world.
Jul 4, 2007 - 10:13 am .- During the 41st meeting of the Council of Cardinals to study organizational and economic affairs of the Holy See, Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani, president of Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, presented the final balance for 2006, which showed the Holy See ended the year with a surplus of nearly $3.3 million.
Jul 4, 2007 - 10:09 am .- The U.S. bishops are urging Amnesty International to restore its neutral position on abortion and to reverse a recent decision by its executive council to take a pro-abortion stand.
Jul 4, 2007 - 10:04 am .- Buffalo City Council should withdraw a resolution it passed last week, criticizing the decision of the Diocese of Buffalo to close some schools and churches, said Catholic League president Bill Donohue.
Jul 4, 2007 - 10:02 am .- China's state-controlled Catholic Church praised Pope Benedict’s letter to Chinese Catholics and voiced hope that the Vatican and Beijing would soon be able to establish formal relations, reported the AFP.
Jul 4, 2007 - 09:57 am .- The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has announced that it will establish a statewide network of faith-based counseling services, after an increasing number of parishioners have been turning to their parish priests for help with problems beyond the spiritual.
Jul 4, 2007 - 09:35 am .- A TV series for young people entitled “Vida Mia,” which touches on modern-day issues from a Catholic perspective, is gaining popularity and may soon reach a wider audience in Mexico.
Jul 4, 2007 - 09:13 am .- In today’s catechesis on the early Church fathers, Pope Benedict focused on St. Basil. Referring to the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, the Holy Father called Basil a "light of the Church." The audience, attended by 12,000 people, began in St. Peter’s Basilica and then was continued in the Paul VI Hall. St. Basil, the Pope explained, was born in the 4th century. "Dissatisfied with his worldly successes and ... attracted by Christ, ... he dedicated himself to a monastic life in prayer ... and in the practice of charity." The Church in both East and West, he added, "looks to him admiringly for the sanctity of his life, the excellence of his doctrine and the harmonic blend of his intellectual and practical gifts."
Jul 4, 2007 - 08:45 am .- At the end of today's general audience, the Pope addressed all young people who are preparing for the next World Youth Day with a message of encouragement to grow deeper in the faith and a challenge to share that faith with others.